National Newspaper Week promo materials available
Next week is National Newspaper Week and SCPA has developed a Web package of promotional materials that we encourage you to use.
This year more than ever, we need to get our story out there... newspapers remain the main provider of local news. Included in the kit:
quarter page ad that can be resized to fit your newspaper's column width. A thumbnail of the ad is located at the left
- editorial cartoon by SCPA staffer and artist Jarad Greene
column by Charles Bierbauer, dean of the USC College of Mass Communications and Information Studies
- column by James Denton, editor of The Independent Voice of Fairfield County, especially for smaller communities
- NNW logo and Facebook Timeline cover photo
The Newspaper Association Managers group also has National Newspaper Week resources available here. Please let Jen know if you use the national resources. There is no charge to your newspaper to use the national resources.
Also, last year The Post and Courier created a lively series of promotional ads to be run throughout the year. Many newspapers are still running these great ads, which are customizable. In each ad, there is a place to add your flag, logo or newspaper name. Please don't forget to do this!
If you have issues downloading any of the components above or would like the raw files, please email Jen.
We also encourage you to write your own positive stories and editorials about our business. Send them to us and we will post them here.
If we don't promote our industry, no one else will!
Fond farewell won't change paper's commitment to serve
Last week Post and Courier Publisher Bill Hawkins penned this farewell letter to readers.
We'll be making a change under the Publisher title in our masthead tomorrow, swapping out William E.N. Hawkins for Pamela J. Browning.
After 44 years, including seven glorious years at The Post and Courier, Friday was my last full-time day in the newspaper business.
For the past two months I have had the pleasure of working side by side with P.J., as we call Pamela, and I am confident that The Post and Courier is in terrific hands.
The hardest part about retiring from a job you love is leaving behind people you love, many of whom deserve the credit for whatever successes I can claim over the past years as Executive Editor and then Editor and Publisher.
I told P.J. when we were recruiting her that this is a very special place, in large part because we are locally owned by people who are proud that their newspaper has been the voice of Charleston for 209 eventful years.
While other newspapers in some larger markets are struggling or are shrinking, we are continuing to prosper and have no plans of abandoning print, even as we expand our digital footprint in the market.
|Save the date for the S.C. Bar's Law School for Journalists
The S.C. Bar Association will host a Law School for Journalists session on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the S.C. Bar Conference Center in Columbia.
The half-day conference will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a welcome from the Bar's president.
Sessions will cover criminal law, civil law and the FOIA. There will be an ethics panel discussion, and lunch will feature S.C. Supreme Court Justice Jean Toal.
More details and a registration form will be available soon.
SLED still silent
to newspaper's FOI request
The Free Times in Columbia reports that on Sept. 17, SLED declined a Freedom of Information Act request from the paper that asked for emails, records and other correspondence concerning its investigation into the issue of dead voters’ names appearing on voter rolls. The agency cited an “ongoing investigation” as a reason for declining the request. When told that the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled there is no such exemption in the law, SLED offered a different reason. On Sept. 19, the agency said responding to the request would mean the premature release of information to be used in a prospective law enforcement action.
Meanwhile, SLED spokeswoman Kathryn Richardson said Chief Mark Keel would not make himself available for an interview about the matter. Richardson said it was an ongoing investigation.
“I fear that SLED is injuring its credibility with the public when it evades release of any information about this important matter,” said Bill Rogers, SCPA Executive Director. “This is a public issue and the investigation is being paid for by public dollars. Surely they can give the public an update on progress or lack of it.”
According to the State Election Commission, SLED has not contacted them about the issue in more than four months. SLED first took over the case eight months ago.
Jasper County Council violates FOIA for third time
Last month the Jasper County Council violated the FOIA for the third time since May.
At the September meeting, the chairman ordered the cameras in the council be turned off when he saw a resident holding a poster in support of what another resident had to say during her public time. The resident was going to ask, on camera, for the resignation of county elections director and the entire Elections Commission, because of what she believed was negligence of duty on their part during the primary elections in June. Before she could speak, the chairman ordered the cameras be turned off.
By giving this order, the chairman violated the FOIA and blocked access to those who watch the county meetings on cable television and evening news.
“This is clearly a violation of the law,” said SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers. “The public has a right to record those meetings.”
The September meeting was the third time the chair has demanded video cameras be turned off.
The first time was on May 16, when he abruptly called for an executive session that was not scheduled on the agenda for the meeting, which closed the meeting to the public. The second occurrence was on May 29, and this time he was ignored and filming continued during a discussion concerning the school district’s budget.
“It certainly makes [the chairman] look foolish and it’s embarrassing to the Council,” Rogers said.
Longtime Myrtle Beach-area resident, news company executive tapped as publisher at The Sun News
Mark Webster, a news industry veteran and former vice president at The Sun News, was named president and publisher of the paper last week.
Webster, 54, has held key management and executive roles at Knight Ridder and McClatchy news operations over his 31-year career, including 13 years at The Sun News, where he rose to vice president of human resources and operations.
His appointment was announced to staff members last week and is effective immediately. He replaces P.J. Browning, who left the paper last month to become publisher of The Post and Courier in Charleston.
“This is like coming home for my family. We spent 13 wonderful years in the area and have many fond memories of our time there,” Webster said. “The Sun News plays a vital role in the community for both our readers and advertisers,” he continued. “While the last several years during the recession have been a challenge, we are evolving as a stronger multimedia company. The staff at The Sun News is dedicated, exceptionally talented and more than capable to see us through the transition.”
Webster has been the regional vice president of human resources for three McClatchy newspapers in the Carolinas, including The Sun News, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer and The Herald in Rock Hill, since 2009. In 2010, Webster was given additional oversight of information technology for all seven of McClatchy’s daily newspapers in the Carolinas.
Born and raised in Lexington, Ky., Webster began his newspaper career in 1981 with his hometown paper, the Lexington Herald-Leader.
SCPA Daily Journalist of Year leaves P&C to take NYC post
Post and Courier reporter Renee Dudley is leaving the paper to take a job with Bloomberg News in New York City. She'll be covering the national retail beat.
Dudley is SCPA's 2011 Daily Journalist of the Year. Judges said that Dudley's reporting "exposes wrongdoing, challenges powerful people and changes lives." They continued,"
took on the governor, a large insurance company and the area's largest hospitals.
The results of her work led to
investigations, changed policies, better care of taxpayer money and better care for ill patients. By any standard, she had an extraordinary year as a journalist. And all South Carolinians benefitted from her work."
She joined The Post and Courier in 2010 as a health reporter. Before that, she was a reporter for The Boston Herald and The (Hilton Head) Island Packet.
Dudley has won honors from the S.C. and
New England Press
Associations for public service, in-depth, enterprise, health and government reporting. In 2010, she received the Eugene S. Pulliam Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her work
defending the First Amendment.
graduated from Boston University.
Gov. Nikki Haley made waves for calling the then-25 year old investigative reporter “that little girl.”
Barnwell Newspaper Group goes pink to promote breast cancer awareness
Each year, the Barnwell Newspaper Group, a division of The Augusta Chronicle, prints its first editions in October entirely on pink newsprint in an effort to raise awareness and promote education about breast cancer. This week,The People-Sentinel of Barnwell, the
Jasper County Sun of Ridgeland, the Hampton County Guardian, and North Augusta Today printed on pink newsprint.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women. About one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Yet there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States — and that rate of success keeps growing.
Does your newspaper have news to announce in the next SCPA People & Papers section of the eBulletin? We'd love to hear from you! Email Jen Madden.
Arrests increase after newspaper posts criminal mugshots on Pinterest
New Orleans newspaper war brewing
The Pottstown (Pa.) Mercury is using a Pinterest board of wanted-criminal mugshots to engage readers and help police make arrests. Reporter Brandie Kessler explains the project to Digital First Media’s Steve Buttry:
“I had put a list together in a slideshow on our website long before the Pinterest board, but the slideshow kept freezing or not working and it was difficult to update and difficult to highlight on Facebook and Twitter.
“I decided to create a list on Pinterest. It’s great because it’s easy to update, easy to view on a smartphone and you don’t even need a Pinterest account to view it.”
Readers have commented on a few of the Pinterest photos with tips about suspects who moved to California, moved in with a girlfriend, or assumed a new name. In a news article, Kessler reports that police have received dozens of tips leading to a 58 percent increase in arrests.
SEC changes credentialing provisions with no major conflicts
A few weeks ago, ASNE mentioned that the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference had issued its credentials for the 2012-13 school year that will govern the media’s access to and use of information from SEC sporting events. Though ASNE noted some questionable provisions, there seemed to be no major conflicts between the conference/schools/teams and media entities.
The same appears to be true with regard to the Big Ten, which also issued credentials at the beginning of the season. Standing alone, the one-page credentials aren’t terrible. There are a few problematic provisions (for instance, the credentials allow use of no more than two minutes of video, prohibit the posting of any video to Internet websites, and prohibit any secondary use of just about any content). But most of the document is rather open ended, leaving room for significant access and coverage; this, however, could be walked back by a reference to the general “Big Ten Media Credential Criteria and Policies,” a document that has not been widely distributed or otherwise made available.
But just when ASNE thought that credentialing season would be a quiet one, disturbing reports came out of California where Scott Wolf, a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News was reportedly banned from attending two weeks of USC’s football practice and the team’s home game against conference rival California on September 22. The ban, which was later rescinded, was imposed after the reporter was accused of violating a ban on disclosing injuries or in-practice strategies, even though he really reported that the team’s punter would miss three weeks due to an injury suffered in a game.
By Kevin McGill, Huffington Post
When The Times-Picayune decided to print three days a week, a nearby publication saw a chance to expand in the newspaper's backyard and fill a void that for some in the New Orleans area is as much a part of the morning routine as beignets and French coffee.
The Advocate of Baton Rouge, a family-owned daily published 70 miles north, will begin a daily New Orleans edition Monday, setting up an old-fashioned newspaper war. The battle for print readers comes even as more people get their news online and from cellphones – generally from newspaper websites – and more news media share stories to save money.
The experiment will be closely watched by an industry that has struggled in recent years as print advertising declined during the recession.
Locally, readers will decide whether they still want The Times-Picayune, a Pulitzer-winning, 175-year-old New Orleans icon that will print every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. …
The Picayune has had a stranglehold on print news for decades, consolidating other dailies under its banner. The newspaper – named after a Spanish colonial coin worth about 6 cents – has had its finger tightly on the pulse of the people and events. Its coverage of hurricanes such as Betsy and Katrina, the New Orleans Saints, the entertainment, political corruption and ties to the Mississippi River all forged tight bonds with readers.
The Advocate's challenge entering the city is the first by a major daily newspaper in New Orleans in more than 50 years. The Advocate has built its reputation on accountability reporting in state government and coverage of Louisiana State University, particularly school sports.
Both newspapers have steadily shifted to online news.
|Journalists are not the enemy:
S.C. needs more vigorous questioning from reporters, not less
By Dan Cook, Editor of the Free Times
For a man who seemingly has everything — a multimillion-dollar salary and one of the most successful teams in college football, for starters, not to mention a Heisman trophy — Steve Spurrier is no doubt lacking at least one thing: a thick skin. How else to explain Spurrier's repeated tantrums about the writings and comments of a sports columnist, Ron Morris at The State? At first glance — and second, third and fourth — the situation seems utterly absurd. How can the mighty Spurrier, a legendary coach revered by literally millions of college football fans, even care what a lowly local sports columnist says? And yet, he does — apparently a lot. Last week, it was a comparison Morris made between Penn State and the University of South Carolina that set Spurrier off.
||Mobile news habit grows, creating new business opportunity with old challenges
By Rick Edmonds, Poynter
From a business perspective, the growing legions of tablet and smart phone users who get at least some of their news on mobile devices can be viewed as an opportunity, a puzzlement or a disappointment. There is evidence for each of those viewpoints in a new study, out this morning, from Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism in collaboration with The Economist Group. The data was drawn from a survey of 9,513 people conducted June 29-August 8, 2012. Tablet ownership has doubled (11 to 22 percent) in the year since the first PEJ/Economist survey. Smartphone ownership is up from 35 to 44 percent. Half of Americans now have one mobile device or both. Furthermore, news is a leading use of the devices – trailing only e-mail and double that of shopping. Despite the availability of free news apps and sites, nearly one-fifth of users have paid for a digital subscription. Users also notice ads, click and buy at substantially higher rates than desktop and laptops users viewing conventional sites.
Oct. 3-7: NNA Annual Convention and Trade Show, Charleston
Oct. 7-13: National Newspaper Week
Oct. 11: Advanced InDesign and PDF Training, SCPA Offices, Columbia
Oct. 18: Ad Basics, SCPA Offices, Columbia
Oct. 25: Ad Design That Sells, SCPA Offices
Nov. 1: Advanced Adobe Dreamweaver (Part Two of Two), SCPA Offices, Columbia
Nov. 15: Weekly Publisher's Roundtable, SCPA Offices, Columbia
Dec. 6: Daily Publisher's Roundtable, SCPA Offices, Columbia
March 22-24, 2013: SCPA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation, The Westin Poinsett Hotel, Greenville